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Walker-Kimbrough, No. 8 Maryland blow by High Point 105-50


Walker-Kimbrough, No. 8 Maryland blow by High Point 105-50

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough isn't letting over-matched opponents stick around.

The Maryland guard had a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Maryland to a 105-50 romp over High Point on Wednesday night.

Maybe even more importantly, the junior did the bulk of her damage before halftime for a second straight game, with 19 points before the break to crush the visitors' hopes early.

"Shatori's been so consistent coming out in back-to-back games, leading this team with her energy and her intensity," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. "She's just set the tone for us. We've just got to have more players continue to play at that pace."

Brionna Jones also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who opened the game on an 18-5 run and scored the last 16 points of the first half to make it 48-20 at the break.

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Kiah Gillespie added 19 points and Brene Moseley had 13 as Maryland (2-0) posted 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since home victories over Wofford and College of Charleston in December 2013.

"I think it's important for us to be balanced," Frese said. "But at times, I've challenged Shatori that she's going to have to put up that kind of production until her teammates can come along. So it's kind of finding that blend."

Kaylah Keys had 12 points and Kat Harris added 10 for High Point (1-2), which lost by more than 40 points again after falling 89-48 at North Carolina State on Sunday.

"We set our own goals, and we came just short of them," said High Point coach DeUnna Hendrix. "But I thought our kids' resiliency and effort was pretty good."

Walker-Kimbrough had scored 20 of her 22 points before halftime in Maryland's 102-53 victory over UMass-Lowell on Saturday to open the season.

The second-year starter continued that theme Wednesday, hitting an 18-foot jumper from the top of the arc that made it 12-2 and coaxed Hendrix into her first timeout. It didn't help, as Walker-Kimbrough followed with 3-pointers from each corner to push Maryland's lead to 13. She went on to record her second career double-double.

She scored six points in a later spurt to close the half, including a slick putback off Brene Moseley's miss, while also feeding Moseley for a transition layup and swatting one of her four blocks.

"I guess I like to lead by example," Kimbrough said. "It's just whatever the defense gives us, and whatever the team needs me to do."


High Point assistant Laura Harper was among five members of Maryland's 2006 national championship team honored on the court before the game. Harper scored 1,407 points in her career and was a sophomore during the Terps' title run.

"It's special," Hendrix said of the moment. "She doesn't talk a whole lot about it around our team, but it was an opportunity for her to share a piece of her."


Maryland: Gillespie's 19 points followed 15 in her collegiate debut. "Right now, it's just keeping my head, staying composed, and realizing basketball is basketball," Gillespie said.

High Point: Seven of the 10 players Hendrix used Wednesday were freshmen, accounting for 61.5 percent of the team's total minutes played.


Maryland: Coach Frese moved to 399 career wins. ... Senior F Tierney Pfirman (hamstring strain) missed a second consecutive game.

High Point: Played its first game against a ranked opponent since losing to then-No. 7 Kentucky in November 2012.


Maryland: Hosts Detroit for an 11 a.m. tipoff on Friday.

High Point: Travels to Davidson Saturday to complete a three-game road trip.

Received 11/18/15 10:27 pm ET

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.